Lessons from a Lost Cell Phone and a Mattress in the Road

Photo by Jamie Street What moves you or me to take action? Over the last week this question has crossed my mind several times as I pondered human behavior involving a lost cell phone and a mattress in the road. A few weeks ago while riding my mountain bike on a familiar trail near our lake house I lost my cell phone. I noticed it was gone about halfway where I turn around and head back over the same trail. So on the way back I looked for it and didn’t find it. I wondered if I had [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Ethics, Human Behavior|

A Safe Home for the Brave

I think leaders are responsible for creating safe homes for their people. This is true whether you lead your family, a team, an organization, or a country. Unfortunately throughout history many leaders have failed at this responsibility and have actually hurt the people they should make safe, usually for personal financial gain and power. Suits in armor at Styrian Armoury in Graz, Austria (Photo by Steve Wood) Over the last two weeks Patti and I have had the lucky privilege of traveling around Austria. While the beauty and architecture of this region are arguably unmatched, it is the [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|Ethics|

Powerful Women Dealing with Weak Cultures – Part 2

This blog discusses the predicament of Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Fed's inability to regulate large banks and investment houses is being enabled by the passive, introverted personalities of its workers and their aversion to anyone with a personality strong enough to enforce new government regulations.

By | November 25th, 2014|Ethics, Human Behavior|

Ethical Leaders Do Not Say “I Know Nothing”

With some leaders, it isn’t just avoiding decisions involving ethical dilemmas, it is failing to recognize future dilemmas the organization’s strategies may create for their teams.

By | September 9th, 2014|Ethics, Human Behavior|

Demoulas Supermarket – Can an Ego Kill Market Basket?

Unless Arthur T. Demoulas gets back in charge quickly this week, employees aren’t going to return and neither are many of their customers. (As this goes to print Arthur T. has offered to go back-in and run Market Basket.)

By | August 6th, 2014|Ethics, Human Behavior|

Nothing Like a Good Duel to Settle a Dispute

On July 11, 1804 when then Vice President, Aaron Burr, shot and killed our country’s first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton

By | July 8th, 2014|Ethics, Human Behavior|

What Do You Say to a Liar?

Have you ever suspected that someone you lead at work has lied to you? What did you do? I think confronting employees who have lied is very challenging, especially for less experienced leaders, and how you prepare for those conversations can make all the difference.

By | April 16th, 2014|Ethics, Human Behavior|

Have you ever lied or deceived by omission?

To arrive at their findings, the researchers used a game played by econometric researchers called the Ultimatum Game. This simple game is between two people, the giver and the receiver. One party (giver) is given money to split with the other (receiver). The giver knows the total quantity of money and the receiver doesn’t. The giver decides and tells the receiver how much the receiver will get.

By | May 23rd, 2013|Ethics, Human Behavior|

The Masters – Watch-out for Leaders Who Pursue Perfection

And the leadership lesson for me is to always question a leader whose personal pursuit of perfection pushes followers from the fairway into the unethical rough – for once you are in this rough there can be no perfection.

By | May 6th, 2013|Ethics, Human Behavior|

7 Nasty Presidential Campaigns

I often wonder why reputable leaders allow nastiness to play significant roles in presidential campaigns. I don’t know about you, but if I see one more nasty campaign ad I’ll just…change the channel. We have become so accustomed to the campaign nastiness that we often just ignore it. It probably won’t surprise you that nasty presidential campaigning has been going on since George Washington decided not to run for a third term in 1796. Here are seven, nasty campaigns. 1796 – John Adams defeated Thomas Jefferson. John Adams supporters called Jefferson supporters “cut-throats who walk in rags and sleep amid [...]

By | November 5th, 2012|Ethics, Human Behavior|